Established in 1953, the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA) is dedicated to promoting research into the causes of eye disease and the prevention of blindness.
To mark NAIDOC Week 2018 and this year's theme 'Because of Her, We Can!', Vision 2020 Australia is celebrating the roles and achievements of some of the incredible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women working in the eye health sector.
As diabetes prevalence—and in turn diabetic eye disease—increases across Australia, Dr Justin Keevers is keen to tackle the scourge in Indigenous communities. The 29-year-old electrician-turned-doctor says while he grew up aware of the importance of physical activity, nutrition and regular check-ups, other Indigenous individuals aren’t so lucky.
Federal Labor Candidate for Deakin Tony Clark talks to Vision 2020 Australia about his journey into politics and how his blindness is an asset./p>
Eye Health Hero, Dr Tim Henderson has been delivering eye care services where others dare not tread and is the only ophthalmologist for tens of thousands of people, many of whom live in remote communities across the red centre of Australia.
Eye Health Hero Dr Huynh Tan Phuc always dreamed of becoming a doctor. Huynh’s dream came true. Graduating as a general surgeon in 1988, he went to work at the district hospital in Da Nang city before travelling to Ho Chi Minh City to study for the ophthalmology specialisation.
Eye Health Hero Dr Kathy Davidson never thought she would see stem cell therapy come to fruition in her lifetime. But after spending the last eighteen months working on an intensive research project to discover the cause of age-related macular degeneration, she is hopeful that stem cell technology will soon be delivering astounding results.
Eye Health Hero David Woodbridge loves his job as an Adaptive Technology Consultant at Vision Australia where he helps improve the quality of life or independance of people who are blind or vision impaired through the use of adaptive technology.
Eye Health Hero Dr Nguyen Chi Dzung has worked tirelessly for the past 35 years to save the sight of millions of Vietnamese children, successfully tackling pandemic eye diseases, such as xerophthalmia from vitamin A deficiency, trachoma and vision impairment due to refractive error.
Optometrist Susan Kalff understands the value of sight more than most of us. After a lifetime of looking after people’s eyesight, she knows that it’s something none of us should take for granted. “If people can see, they can still engage with the world, and that’s the difference my work makes,” she says.